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Archives: February 2016
24 February 2016, by , in AMS Vendors, Rants and Kudos, 1 comment
I was sitting in a demo with a client last week and the vendor providing the demo said “We provide four hours of free training when you add new staff.” Brilliant! This is such a great idea for several reasons: From a sales perspective it’s a nice bonus/added value to the customer. Who wouldn’t want free...
22 February 2016, by , in New article, No comments
There are well over 50 companies that provide AMS products to the association market. They range from products designed for very small associations all the way up to enterprise systems selling for six or seven figures fully installed. (Click here to see a list of all these different vendors.) For a handful of these vendors,...
19 February 2016, by , in Rants and Kudos, 2 comments
Back in 2012, gas prices in northern Virginia (where I live) pushed to $4 a gallon and higher. As a result of the higher gas prices, my garbage collection service added a “fuel surcharge” to my bill ($2/month), with an explanation of why they were adding the surcharge, in the first bill with the surcharge....
16 February 2016, by , in Data Management, Executive, No comments
One of the great things about the latest generation of AMS products is their incredible flexibility. They’ll allow you to track almost any piece of data you can imagine. And they’ll let you display that data on your website in almost any way imaginable. But as I always tell my clients, just because the software...
In the past week, on behalf of a client, I’ve had to contact three different software vendors. In all three cases, I used their online form (“contact us”) and provided my contact information, along with information about what my client was seeking (i.e., I have a buyer who would like to talk to you). In all...
3 February 2016, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
Tagoras Consulting is presenting their first-ever Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD) conference on May 18 and 19, 2016, in Arlington, VA. This is a learning experience designed specifically for professionals in the business of continuing education and professional development. The goal of the event is to help attendees find new and better ways to engage...

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“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

“We came to Wes because we were very frustrated with our existing AMS and we wanted to improve our capabilities as soon as practicable. Wes very quickly helped us through a process of identifying our needs, identifying potential vendors, and selecting a new system that we’ll be able to move into very quickly. I especially appreciated Wes’s candor about our processes as well as the systems we were looking at. He was a great resource to have in a period of high anxiety for our organization. I would highly recommend Wes for any similar project.”

Jack Chiasson, CMP Executive Director
National Association of Life Brokerage Agencies

“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

Mary Pat Paris
International Registration Plan

“This is the second database implementation we’ve done since I have been at Western Arts Alliance (WAA). The first I did on my own. This time we engaged Wes Trochlil as our database planning consultant. Let me tell you, this process is a whole lot easier having Wes on your team! For a small association like WAA, it’s tempting for board and EDs to question the justification and expense of a database planning consultant. But it’s the small associations that need Effective Database Management the most. Wes strengthened our planning process, clarified our needs requirements, helped us steer around solutions that couldn’t meet our objectives, and saved us money in the long haul.”

Tim Wilson, Executive Director
Western Arts Alliance

Tim Wilson
Western Arts Alliance